Eyelid Lift Specialist

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D. -  - Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery

Emily Sarah Charlson, M.D., Ph.D.

Ophthalmology, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Surgery located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Healthy eyelids protect your eyes without interfering with your ability to see, but aging can take a toll on eyelids. Over the years, the skin around your eyes becomes more delicate, while muscle and fat begin to sag. This natural process can leave your eyes looking heavy, tired, or puffy, affecting your self-esteem as well as your visual field. In the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Emily Sarah Charlson, MD, PhD, specializes in eyelid lifts using the latest minimally invasive techniques. Find out what an eyelid lift could do for your eyes by booking a consultation online or over the phone today.

Eyelid Lift Q & A

What is an eyelid lift?

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to lift sagging soft tissue around your eye. It can be done on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. When the eyelids are visibly sagging, Dr. Charlson may diagnose ptosis and recommend blepharoplasty. 

Sagging skin on upper eyelids can make your lids appear heavy, and in severe cases, impair vision. Drooping lower lids that reveal the whites of your eyes below your iris can contribute to dry eye symptoms and affect your self-confidence. Discolored “bags” under eyes or excess fat around eyelids can make your eyes appear puffy and tired-looking. 

How does an upper eyelid lift work?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty lifts the lid above your eye. Dr. Charlson specializes in skin-only upper blepharoplasty, which is a technique that doesn’t remove excess muscle. It preserves orbital muscles to help the eyelid close naturally. 

She customizes your lid lift to meet your needs, and upper blepharoplasty can be combined with an eyebrow lift if desired. Other options include removing excess nasal fat or repositioning it as a natural filler above your eyes.

To perform the surgery, Dr. Charlson makes a small incision in your eyelid crease. Since the incision is hidden in the crease of your lid, scarring is next to invisible.

How does a lower eyelid lift work?

While sagging lower eyelids may not interfere with vision, they can still have a negative impact on eye health. Soft tissue sags over time, and it can collect and bulge below the eyes. 

Transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty treats droopy lower lids caused by natural aging and other conditions. During your lower eyelid lift, Dr. Charlson uses a technique called internal fat redraping, removing fatty pockets below the eye and using it as a natural filler to increase volume around tear troughs. 

There’s no visible scarring with lower blepharoplasty, since. Dr. Charlson makes the necessary incisions inside your lower lids.

What other eyelid lift techniques are available?

Eyelid lifts offer many benefits, but every patient’s face is unique. Along with upper and lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Charlson offers a range of other eyelid lift techniques that can be customized to meet your goals.

Double eyelid crease surgery is a procedure to change single eyelids (monolids) to double eyelids. Monolids have no crease, while double eyelids have a natural crease. This procedure is primarily done for cosmetic reasons, and it’s often referred to as Asian blepharoplasty.

Another option for ptosis repair is conjunctival mullerectomy. In this type of eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Charlson makes an incision inside your upper eyelid so there isn’t any visible skin incision or scarring.

Find out if an eyelid lift could be right for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Charlson. Call the office or select an appointment time online.